really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,419 miles

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2005 Saturn Relay brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Saturn Relay Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 022005


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Relay. While operating the vehicle, the speed sensor and traction control sensor lights illuminated and the braking distance increased when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic body control module was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. Also, the sliding door chime activated even though both sliding doors were closed. Also, the steering wheel suddenly became very difficult to turn. The cause of the failures were not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 09/08/16

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #7

Apr 062015

Relay 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Repeated problems with ABS & T/C warning lights, brakes seized up was unable to move van had it towed to a shop, T/C engages without any adverse weather or road conditions. I have spent over $2000 trying to repair the problems. Brake pads wear down quickly, replace brake pads twice a year since having the vehicle.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 182013


  • 184,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Relay. While driving approximately 40 mph, the ABS warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the ABS hub sensor was replaced. In addition, the brakes pulsated when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure recurred after the repair was performed and the computerized system was updated. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 184,000.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #5

Dec 222014

Relay 6-cyl

  • 82,350 miles


ABS system acting up, occurring off and on service brakes hydraulic problem. Happens everyday since I've owned it. Also previous owner had same problem.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #4

May 212013

Relay 6-cyl

  • miles
After having my brakes replaced, the ABS light continues to come on. The light will go off for awhile, but every time I apply the brakes it will come back on for days. I am also having issues with my brake lights, turn signals, and headlights. They keep going in and out. Sometimes the passenger side door will not open or close correctly, I check to make sure nothing is in the way but still have the problem.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 152013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Relay. The contact stated that while reversing from a driveway, the brakes failed with the illumination of the ABS warning lights. As a result, the contact crashed into a mailbox from the driver's side. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was advised that the driver's side wheel hub needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the brake failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Richmond , VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 032013

Relay 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
While driving on freeway, Saturn Relay 2005 slowed down and lost power intermittently. Dash warning lights flashed on and off (ABS/stability/traction) - warning lights. The vehicle had no power on and off. When I applied the gas, the vehicle bogged down and continued to slow. Then all of a sudden, the vehicle accelerated when I depressed the gas pedal. I could not move over to the berm due to heavy traffic so I attempted to exit at an upcoming exit ramp. When I applied the brakes nothing happened the first few times. Then the brakes worked so I was able to slow down eventually. The brakes were pulsating when I would depress the brake pedal and intermittently, nothing would happen.

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 082011


  • 80,000 miles
ABS warning light appears intermittently even after brakes were replaced. Seems to be electrical issue as opening the door doesn't always turn on light or turn off radio. Drained battery. Now I have to pull fuse. Steering wheel radio controls have never worked properly often performing opposite functions.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

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